COT Bonds Speculators Trim Their Eurodollar Bearish Bets

Here are the latest charts and statistics for the Commitment of Traders (COT) reports data published by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

The latest COT data is updated through Tuesday November 29th and shows a quick view of how large traders (for-profit speculators and commercial hedgers) were positioned in the futures markets.

Weekly Speculator Changes led by Eurodollar & 2-Year Bond

The COT bond market speculator bets were mixed this week as four out of the eight bond markets we cover had higher positioning this week while the other four markets had lower contracts.

Leading the weekly gains for the bond markets was the Eurodollar (115,943 contracts) with the 2-Year Bond (38,817 contracts), the Ultra 10-Year (25,883 contracts) and the 10-Year Bond (24,484 contracts) also showing positive weeks.

The bond markets leading the weekly declines in speculator bets this week was the Fed Funds (-44,174 contracts) with the Long US Bond (-13,433 contracts), the Ultra US Bond (-12,393 contracts), and the 5-Year Bond (-5,695 contracts) also registering lower bets on the week.

Highlighting the COT bonds data this week is the continued decrease in speculator bearish positions for the Eurodollar market. The large speculator position in Eurodollar futures fell this week for the third straight week and for the eighth time out of the past eleven weeks. This recent trimming of the bearish position has shaved off a total of 1,167,970 contracts – going from a total of -2,877,322 contracts on September 13th to this week’s total of -1,709,352 contracts.

Eurodollar contracts are a bet on short-term interest rates where more bullish bets equal a bet on lower interest rates while more bearish bets means speculators are looking for higher interest rates. The Eurodollar speculator contracts hit a bearish peak on August 9th at a total of -2,885,979 contracts and since then speculators have reduced their bearish bets in eleven out of those sixteen weeks.


Data Snapshot of Bond Market Traders | Columns Legend
Nov-29-2022
OI
OI-Index
Spec-Net
Spec-Index
Com-Net
COM-Index
Smalls-Net
Smalls-Index
Eurodollar 7,234,801 0 -1,709,352 22 1,952,152 76 -242,800 51
5-Year 4,303,419 69 -529,349 5 618,522 89 -89,173 57
10-Year 3,897,383 58 -296,772 27 359,620 65 -62,848 65
2-Year 2,099,117 15 -528,178 9 519,516 89 8,662 56
FedFunds 1,641,595 58 -32,618 36 42,973 65 -10,355 33
Long T-Bond 1,197,681 42 -103,917 51 66,851 34 37,066 82

 


US Treasury Bond tops Strength Scores

Strength Scores (a normalized measure of Speculator positions over a 3-Year range, from 0 to 100 where above 80 is extreme bullish and below 20 is extreme bearish) show that the US Treasury Bond (50.8 percent) leads the bonds category and is the only market above its three-year midpoint (above 50 percent).

On the downside, the 5-Year Bond (5.5 percent), the Ultra 10-Year Bond (8.2 percent) and the 2-Year Bond (8.6 percent) come in at the lowest strength levels currently and are all in bearish extreme positions (below 20 percent).

Strength Statistics:
Fed Funds (35.6 percent) vs Fed Funds previous week (41.0 percent)
2-Year Bond (8.6 percent) vs 2-Year Bond previous week (2.9 percent)
5-Year Bond (5.5 percent) vs 5-Year Bond previous week (6.3 percent)
10-Year Bond (27.3 percent) vs 10-Year Bond previous week (23.6 percent)
Ultra 10-Year Bond (8.2 percent) vs Ultra 10-Year Bond previous week (1.5 percent)
US Treasury Bond (50.8 percent) vs US Treasury Bond previous week (55.1 percent)
Ultra US Treasury Bond (26.3 percent) vs Ultra US Treasury Bond previous week (31.4 percent)
Eurodollar (21.7 percent) vs Eurodollar previous week (19.5 percent)

Strength Trends led by Eurodollar & 10-Year Treasury Bond

Strength Score Trends (or move index, calculates the 6-week changes in strength scores) showed that the Eurodollar (6.8 percent) leads the past six weeks trends for bonds this week. The 10-Year Bond (2.5 percent) is the only other positive mover in the latest trends data.

The 2-Year Bond (-28.6 percent) leads the downside trend scores currently while the next markets with lower trend scores were the Ultra US Treasury Bond (-14.2 percent) and the Fed Funds (-7.7 percent).

Strength Trend Statistics:
Fed Funds (-7.7 percent) vs Fed Funds previous week (1.3 percent)
2-Year Bond (-28.6 percent) vs 2-Year Bond previous week (-31.6 percent)
5-Year Bond (-6.3 percent) vs 5-Year Bond previous week (-6.0 percent)
10-Year Bond (2.5 percent) vs 10-Year Bond previous week (2.9 percent)
Ultra 10-Year Bond (-0.7 percent) vs Ultra 10-Year Bond previous week (-7.6 percent)
US Treasury Bond (-5.7 percent) vs US Treasury Bond previous week (-2.2 percent)
Ultra US Treasury Bond (-14.2 percent) vs Ultra US Treasury Bond previous week (-10.9 percent)
Eurodollar (6.8 percent) vs Eurodollar previous week (5.9 percent)


Individual Bond Markets:

3-Month Eurodollars Futures:

Eurodollar Bonds Futures COT Chart

The 3-Month Eurodollars large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -1,709,352 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 115,943 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -1,825,295 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish with a score of 21.7 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 76.0 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 51.0 percent.

3-Month Eurodollars Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 7.2 68.6 5.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 30.8 41.6 8.3
– Net Position: -1,709,352 1,952,152 -242,800
– Gross Longs: 520,547 4,964,242 360,091
– Gross Shorts: 2,229,899 3,012,090 602,891
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.2 to 1 1.6 to 1 0.6 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:      
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 21.7 76.0 51.0
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:      
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 6.8 -6.3 -3.1

 


30-Day Federal Funds Futures:

Federal Funds 30-Day Bonds Futures COT Chart

The 30-Day Federal Funds large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -32,618 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly reduction of -44,174 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 11,556 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish with a score of 35.6 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 65.1 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 33.3 percent.

30-Day Federal Funds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 11.2 75.0 1.9
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 13.2 72.3 2.5
– Net Position: -32,618 42,973 -10,355
– Gross Longs: 184,273 1,230,567 30,497
– Gross Shorts: 216,891 1,187,594 40,852
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.8 to 1 1.0 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:      
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 35.6 65.1 33.3
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:      
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -7.7 7.7 -4.2

 


2-Year Treasury Note Futures:

2-Year Treasury Bonds Futures COT Chart

The 2-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -528,178 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly gain of 38,817 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -566,995 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish-Extreme with a score of 8.6 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 89.2 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 55.9 percent.

2-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 7.4 81.0 8.9
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 32.6 56.3 8.5
– Net Position: -528,178 519,516 8,662
– Gross Longs: 156,249 1,700,306 186,732
– Gross Shorts: 684,427 1,180,790 178,070
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.2 to 1 1.4 to 1 1.0 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:      
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 8.6 89.2 55.9
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:      
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -28.6 17.4 34.5

 


5-Year Treasury Note Futures:

5-Year Treasury Bonds Futures COT Chart

The 5-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -529,349 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly fall of -5,695 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -523,654 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish-Extreme with a score of 5.5 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 88.7 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 56.6 percent.

5-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 7.4 82.4 7.2
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 19.7 68.0 9.3
– Net Position: -529,349 618,522 -89,173
– Gross Longs: 316,986 3,544,108 309,862
– Gross Shorts: 846,335 2,925,586 399,035
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.4 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.8 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:      
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 5.5 88.7 56.6
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:      
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -6.3 3.9 2.8

 


10-Year Treasury Note Futures:

10-Year Treasury Notes Bonds Futures COT Chart

The 10-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -296,772 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 24,484 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -321,256 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish with a score of 27.3 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 64.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 65.1 percent.

10-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 12.0 75.4 9.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 19.7 66.2 10.6
– Net Position: -296,772 359,620 -62,848
– Gross Longs: 469,072 2,939,872 351,940
– Gross Shorts: 765,844 2,580,252 414,788
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.6 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.8 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:      
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 27.3 64.6 65.1
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:      
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 2.5 -1.4 -1.1

 


Ultra 10-Year Notes Futures:

Ultra 10-Year Treasury Notes Bonds Futures COT Chart

The Ultra 10-Year Notes large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -79,249 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly gain of 25,883 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -105,132 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish-Extreme with a score of 8.2 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 81.2 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 73.7 percent.

Ultra 10-Year Notes Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 10.5 77.0 11.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 16.3 65.3 17.6
– Net Position: -79,249 159,553 -80,304
– Gross Longs: 142,588 1,050,386 159,395
– Gross Shorts: 221,837 890,833 239,699
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.6 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:      
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 8.2 81.2 73.7
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:      
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -0.7 2.1 -3.7

 


US Treasury Bonds Futures:

US Year Treasury Notes Long Bonds Futures COT Chart

The US Treasury Bonds large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -103,917 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -13,433 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -90,484 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bullish with a score of 50.8 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 34.4 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 82.0 percent.

US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 4.0 78.8 15.2
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 12.6 73.2 12.1
– Net Position: -103,917 66,851 37,066
– Gross Longs: 47,371 943,291 182,448
– Gross Shorts: 151,288 876,440 145,382
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.3 to 1 1.1 to 1 1.3 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:      
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 50.8 34.4 82.0
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bullish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:      
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -5.7 4.9 3.1

 


Ultra US Treasury Bonds Futures:

Ultra US Year Treasury Notes Long Bonds Futures COT Chart

The Ultra US Treasury Bonds large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -389,404 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lowering of -12,393 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -377,011 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish with a score of 26.3 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 75.4 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 79.4 percent.

Ultra US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 4.1 82.7 11.9
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 30.4 60.3 8.0
– Net Position: -389,404 331,412 57,992
– Gross Longs: 60,228 1,222,893 175,631
– Gross Shorts: 449,632 891,481 117,639
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.1 to 1 1.4 to 1 1.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:      
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 26.3 75.4 79.4
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:      
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -14.2 11.5 10.7

 


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*COT Report: The COT data, released weekly to the public each Friday, is updated through the most recent Tuesday (data is 3 days old) and shows a quick view of how large speculators or non-commercials (for-profit traders) were positioned in the futures markets.

The CFTC categorizes trader positions according to commercial hedgers (traders who use futures contracts for hedging as part of the business), non-commercials (large traders who speculate to realize trading profits) and nonreportable traders (usually small traders/speculators) as well as their open interest (contracts open in the market at time of reporting). See CFTC criteria here.


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